With temperatures expected to dip into the mid to low twenties here on the Northshore both Thursday and Friday evenings, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the City of Slidell and the Red Cross, will open a shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Critical employees have been placed on notice for emergency activation if the weather dictates.
On both Thursday and Friday evenings beginning at 7p.m., residents can shelter in the gym at John Slidell Park, located at 105 Robert Boulevard in Slidell. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.
In addition, Tammany Utilities is asking, not just its customers but all St. Tammany residents, to wrap their pipes and take the necessary precautions to prevent pipes from bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.